EDC Events

The EDC organise several community events each year:

Table of Upcoming Events

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Our Annual Early Dance Festival

We host a community focused dance history festival each year; enthusiasts and professionals from across our community perform for each other’s pleasure. A list of our previous festivals can be found here.

EDC 37th Annual Festival, Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October 2020 – online!

The EDC Virtual Festival 2020 reached out to almost 200 people from many countries, including Australia, Japan, the USA and across Europe. Did you miss some of it? Or would you like to watch again? NOW YOU CAN! Here is the link.

Just log on to the Early Dance Circle’s YouTube channel

We have put all the YouTube Premieres of groups dancing up, under various titles. There are between 4 and 6 presentations in each Premiere and the contents of all of them are listed in the Programme for Friday 16 October to Sunday 18 October.

Click here to view the Detailed Festival Programme.

We are adding the Lectures and some edited Zoom highlights soon, so keep a lookout for more.

The Lectures included Richard Powers (Stanford University) on the 19th century craze Polkamania, with many many pictures and much rather amusing source material, and also Sarah Deters from Edinburgh University on 500 years of Music and Dance, with again many pictures and some wonderful sound clips.

We hope you enjoy watching.


Our Annual Lecture

We host a popular dance history lecture each year. An archive of information on our previous lectures can be found here. What follows are details of our next Lecture.

EDC Annual Lecture 2021

I had to fight with the painters, master carpenters, actors, musicians and the dancers: Rehearsals, Performance Problems and Audience Reaction in Renaissance Spectacles

Sunday 21st February 2021 10.00 a.m.; this lecture will be hosted via Zoom

Our speaker is Dr Jennifer Nevile. In Renaissance Europe theatrical spectacles performed in front of the monarch and court carried serious political messages regarding the relationship – both real and hoped for – between the monarch and the state. Contemporary accounts of these events often offer fulsome praise for the costumes, dancing, scenery, stage machines and songs. A successful performance greatly enhanced a country’s reputation on the international stage. Much more was at stake than an evening’s entertainment.

Yet then, as now, such multi-media events encountered problems during rehearsals and performance. These form the focus of this paper, followed by an examination of the response of the spectators to such disasters. Did performance problems change the dynamics between performers and spectators? This is especially interesting when the king, queen or members of the ruling family were involved, either directly as dancers, or indirectly as the audience member to whom the spectacle was addressed. The paper begins with a discussion of the desire in European courts for a successful outcome, and what efforts went into achieving this aim, before moving to the disasters that occurred, from noise and over-crowding, stage-fright, properties too big to fit into the hall, and more serious catastrophes such as fire. The second half of the paper examines audience reactions to such disasters, and the effects of these disasters on the dynamics between audience and performers.

Jennifer is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and esteemed author of many books on Renaissance dance, including The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy (2004) and Dance, Spectacle and the Body Politick, 1250-1750 (2008) and very much else.

How to Book: Tickets are free via Eventbrite, with a suggested donation of £5 (or more). You can donate on Eventbrite or by sending a cheque to the secretary@earlydancecircle.co.uk. The booking link is https://tinyurl.com/EDCLecture2021. It is also on our Facebook page.


Our Biennial Conference

The EDC hosts a major dance history conference every two years. Proceedings are published and an archive of information on our previous conferences can be found here.

EDC BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2021: Retrieving & Reconstructing the Past through Dance (postponed from 2020)

7th-9th May 2021, at St Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth RG9 6NN (near High Wycombe)

This Conference will feature an international set of speakers on historical dance topics spanning the 15th century to the 20th. A list of contributors and topics will be included on the Booking Form in due course.

NB The EDC Conference for 2018: PERCEPTION AND RECEPTION OF EARLY DANCE, was held 18-20 May 2018 at St Katharine’s, Parmoor. This Conference has finished and work is now underway such that its Proceedings will be published soon.


Special Events:

We host and collaborate on other events from time to time. These can include workshops, study days and additional lectures, as the opportunities arise. Many such projects are undertaken in collaboration with another organisation, do get in touch with us if you have a joint project in mind. An archive of information on our previous special events can be found here. What follows are details of our most recent Special Event.

The 2020 Commedia Festival

Saturday February 22
Sands Films Studio, 82 St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4HZ

STREET THEATRE – WORKSHOPS – SHOWS

From Noon onwards – costumed performers parade from the Churchyard of St Mary’s Rotherhithe to the Norwegian Church, where The Death and Resurrection of Pucinella will be staged, with dancing. Old Boney and a crowd of zanies will make their appearance.

FREE TO ALL.

Afternoon Workshops from 2 -4:30 will feature Barry Grantham and Olly Crick.

Evening performances of commedia will take place in the recreated 17th century theatre in the heart of Sands Studios.

Tickets are available on the door or via Eventbrite. For more information, contact: brrgrantham@gmail.com or bill.tuck@thorn.demon.co.uk.